With VP pick, will Biden push or pause his party?

With VP pick, will Biden push or pause his party?

[Ed. – Here’s hoping the country will never have to live with his choice.]

When former Vice President Joe Biden makes his own running mate selection in the days ahead, his decision will be assessed — and potentially assailed — as no other has before. In the midst of a global pandemic and struggling economy, a 77-year-old who already served eight years in the White House is thought likely to serve only one term and make his vice presidential nominee the face of the future of the Democratic Party. Or not.

What’s clear to Biden is his party wants a candidate who will energize the ascendant part of their coalition, while party stalwarts know Biden wants someone with experience — who can take over, if need be, and do the job on Day One. The most repeated quotes from Biden advisers on background are about how the choice should “do no harm,” even be boring. …

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